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Full text of "One Hundred Fifty Ninth Commencement December 9, 2001 Savannah State University"

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The Chief Marshal 

The Class Marshals 

Candidates for Master's Degrees 

Candidates for Baccalaureate Degrees 

Faculty Emeriti 

The Faculty 

The Presidential Party 



The academic regalia, the academic processional, and the ceremonial 
program are part of an ancient tradition of learning. This tradition is a unified, 
solemn occasion at which only applause is appropriate. 

The audience is asked to refrain from any other form of expression and 
to reserve celebrations until the program is concluded. 



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Dr. Carlton E. Brown, President 
Presiding 

PRELUDE "Largo" Handel 

Ms. Gwendolyn B. Taylor, Organist 

♦ACADEMIC PROCESSION "War March of the Priests" Felix Mendelssohn 

Ms. Gwendolyn B. Taylor, Organist 

INVOCATION Rev. Bennie R. Mitchell, Jr. 

Pastor, Connor's Temple Baptist Church 

Solo Rahsheim Wright 

Accompanied by Ms. Gwendolyn B. Taylor 

INTRODUCTION OF PLATFORM 
GUESTS AND SPEAKER Dr. Carlton E. Brown 

COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS The Honorable Elijah E. Cummings 

7th Congressional District of Maryland 
United States House of Representatives 

SELECTION "Let There Be Peace On Earth" 

Arranged by Althouse 

The Savannah State University Concert Choir 

Ms. Gwendolyn B. Taylor, Director 

PRESENTATION OF CANDIDATES 
FOR THE MASTER OF 

PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION DEGREE Dr. George N. Williams 

Dean of Graduate Studies and Research 

PRESENTATION OF CANDIDATES 

FOR THE MASTER OF SCIENCE 

IN URBAN STUDIES DEGREE Dr. George N. Williams 

CONFERRING OF MASTER'S DEGREES Dr. Carlton E. Brown 

Assisted by Mr. Benjamin J. Allen, Registrar 
and Dr. R. L. Stevenson, Professor of Fine Arts and Humanities 

INTRODUCTION 

OF UNDERGRADUATE DEANS Dr. Joseph H. Silver, Sr. 

Vice President for Academic Affairs 

PRESENTATION OF CANDIDATES 

FOR THE BACCALAUREATE DEGREE 

College of Business Administration Dr. Mostafa H. Sarhan, Dean 

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Dr. Otis S. Johnson, Dean 

College of Sciences and Technology Dr. Kuppuswamy Jayaraman, Interim Dean 



CONFERRING OF BACCALAUREATE DEGREES Dr. Carlton E. Brown 

Assisted by the Academic Deans, 

Mr. Benjamin J. Allen, Registrar 

and Dr. Robert L. Stevenson, Professor of Fine Arts and Humanities 

PRESIDENT'S CHARGE TO THE GRADUATES Dr. Carlton E. Brown 

ALUMNI INDUCTION Dr. Percy A. Mack 

President, Savannah State University National Alumni Association 

PRESENTATION OF NAVAL RESERVE OFFICERS 

TRAINING CORPS CANDIDATES 

FOR COMMISSIONING Commander Garland Stephens 

COMMISSIONING OF OFFICERS 

Reading the Commissioning Document Dr. George N. Williams 

Dean, Graduate Studies and Sponsored Research 
and Faculty Representative to NROTC 

Administering the Oath of Office Commander Garland Stephens 

ALMA MATER* Ms. Gwendolyn B. Taylor, Organist 

BENEDICTION Rev. Bennie R. Mitchell, Jr. 

Pastor, Connor's Temple Baptist Church 

RECESSIONAL** "Pomp and Circumstance" Sir Edward Elgar 

Ms. Gwendolyn B. Taylor, Organist 

Savannah State College Hymn 

J. Randolph Fisher and Hillary Hatchett 

Let us give thanks and praise to Thee 

To our Alma Mater, S.S.C. 

Thine honor, pride, and eminence, 

We raise in prayerful reverence. 

Guide us still from day to day, 

Be Thou mindful lest we lose our way; 

Help us know that life, short or long, 

Means unceasing work for weak and strong. 

Refrain 

Where Savannah meets the sea, 

Where grassy plains and palms abound, 

Where the Flow'rs are gems of loveliness, 

There S.S.C. is found. 
We adore each beauteous scene and hall, 

Our all we pledge to Thee! 

In our hearts we'll build a shrine for Thee 

We hailThee, S.S.C! 

*The audience is requested to stand. 

**The audience is requested to sit and to remain seated until the recession has exited. 



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COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS AND SOCIAL SCIENCE 

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Josephine Holliman Allen Savannah State University 

Stacy Shermaine Davis Stanton Mercer University 

Veronica Reasonover Earle Chaminade University 

Earnest Huewitt Saint Leo College 

Shannon Natasha Nelson Savannah State University 

Kimberly Ann Polite-Heyward Paine College 

Doris LaVorn Starkes University of South Carolina 

Tamara Alexander Waterman Georgia Southern University 

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Robert Lee Speight Savannah State University 

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Nicole Brantley Savannah, Georgia 

NaTasha Nicole Cross Twin City, Georgia 

Palma Alethia Swinton Davis Savannah, Georgia 

Harriett Jackson Harris Savannah, Georgia 

Monique Latrice Hill Savannah, Georgia 

Melissa L. Martin Freeport, Bahamas 

**Milton R. Morgan Bronx, New York 

Tiffany LaWanda Nabors Savannah, Georgia 

*Maribel Rios Savannah, Georgia 

**Daphanie A. Williams Savannah, Georgia 



***Summa Cum Laude ** Magna Cum Laude *Cum Laude !In Absentia 



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Michael Jerome Alvin, Jr. Brunswick, Georgia 

Dionne Yvette Baul Savannah, Georgia 

Erica Conswello Broadwater Augusta, Georgia 

Melika Kesonya Cody Dawson, Georgia 

Carole Monique Currie Columbus, Georgia 

Nakesha Wynette English Hinesville, Georgia 

Fernando Antonio Foster Savannah, Georgia 

*Tywan Gonzalez Federal Way, Washington 

Marcus Antoine Griffin Riverdale, Georgia 

Jarred Lamar Humes Garden City, Georgia 

Loretta Williams Jones Savannah, Georgia 

*Kevin Patrick Lucas Savannah, Georgia 

* Jason Ray Malick Richmond Hill, Georgia 

*Kelicea Monique Meadows Columbus, Georgia 

Jesse Obed Moki . . .Tallahassee, Florida 

Stefan Colin Myers Brunswick, Georgia 

Kendra Morenika Palmer Savannah, Georgia 

Lester Rondey Pearson Sumter, South Carolina 

Nikisha Nya McKee-Ruff Savannah, Georgia 

Yvette Denise Ruff Savannah, Georgia 

Shameka Roberta Smalls Savannah, Georgia 

Lavinia Denise Warrens Brunswick, Georgia 

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Cedric Sharone Beamon Savannah, Georgia 

***Summa Cum Laude ** Magna Cum Laude *Cum Laude !In Absentia 






Nomi Sabriya Clarke Brooklyn, New York 

Kimberly Elise Collins Altamonte, Florida 

Louise R. Copeland Savannah, Georgia 

Tellis Antwon Fears Decatur, Georgia 

Corey Johnteace Frazier Charlotte, North Carolina 

Jennifer Lynn Green Savannah, Georgia 

Karla Nichelle Green Savannah, Georgia 

Martina Renee Hall Clyo, Georgia 

Brenda S. Johnson Savannah, Georgia 

Ozell Lane Adel, Georgia 

*Kalpesh J. Patel Port Wentworth, Georgia 

Roderick Hosea Ricks Columbus, Georgia 

Sharon Vernice Smith Savannah, Georgia 

Philmon Kenneth Thomas Hephzibah, Georgia 

*Michael Lerone Tucker .Wetumpka, Alabama 

Gwendolyn Young Youmans Savannah, Georgia 

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*Laura Joyce Flaherty Richmond Hill, Georgia 

Stephanie Lynette Harris Atlanta, Georgia 

*Shameka S. Humphrey Atlanta, Georgia 

Regena Sims Atlanta, Georgia 

Antonio Kinte Sisk Davenport, Iowa 

Christopher Fonte Smart Macon, Georgia 

Sherika Nekole Sterling Statesboro, Georgia 

Ryan D. Stokeling Perry, Georgia 

Utesa Futch Tilley Savannah, Georgia 

Steven Lorenzo Washington Bonneau, South Carolina 

Twyla Tyronda White Atlanta, Georgia 



***Summa Cum Laude ** Magna Cum Laude *Cum Laude !In Absentia 



COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES 

Cngltej), Hanguage & literature 

Tequila Simone Mack Augusta, Georgia 

Edward Marcellous Persons Atlanta, Georgia 



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Gerald Bernard Arlington, Jr. East Point, Georgia 

*Tamika Lashawn Bond Swainsboro, Georgia 

Tanika LaSaundra Hicks College Park, Georgia 

*Jael A. Odhiambo Nairobi, Kenya 

Shayla Willis Fairburn, Georgia 

Recreation anb |3ark Sbminitftration 

Timothy Alan Jones Douglasville, Georgia 

Rochelle Sharon Mack Ellenwood, Georgia 

Gregory Bernard Sullivan Columbus, Georgia 

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*Ramon M. Barboa Merced, California 

*OmShanti O. Green Clarkston, Georgia 

Jennifer German Roberts Savannah, Georgia 

Edward Jason Roundtree Garden City, Georgia 

Criminal Justice 

Valencia Monique Breedlove Atlanta, Georgia 

Felicia Annette Britt St. George, South Carolina 

Brianna Teshea Brown Fayetteville, Georgia 

Breena LaTrese Burgess Pooler, Georgia 

***Summa Cum Laude ** Magna Cum Laude *Cum Laude !In Absentia 



Stacy Maurine Goodridge Stone Mountain, Georgia 

Torijuano Khareem Harris Savannah, Georgia 

Willie James Jenkins McClellanville, South Carolina 

*Shakethia Latishia Morgan Albany, Georgia 

Karien Shanique Nettingham Macon, Georgia 

Aixas Jenelle Parkins Brooklyn, New York 

political Science 

Milton Edward Ashford, Jr. Columbia, South Carolina 

Lorraine Chantel Orr Savannah, Georgia 

Shanaque Michelle Wallace Decatur, Georgia 

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*Cicely Nicole Harpe Augusta, Georgia 

Naima Rebecca Henderson East Orange, New Jersey 

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Josephine McFadden Williams Savannah, Georgia 

COLLEGE OF SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGY 

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Alana Racquel Bryant Savannah, Georgia 

Frandreka Chivon Cooper Lithonia, Georgia 

Hilton Lewis Fordham, Jr. Toomsboro, Georgia 

Kimberly Garrett Blakely, Georgia 

Beverly Vanessa Geter St. Mary's, Georgia 

DeWanna La Von Jordan Augusta, Georgia 

**Kenny Ross Knowles Nassau, Bahamas 

Tracey Murell Knudsvig Savannah, Georgia 



***Summa Cum Laude **Magna Cum Laude *Cum Laude !In Absentia 



Cheryl Renee Lucas Washington, District of Columbia 

Chantrice Lanaye Rogers Decatur, Georgia 

Javan Tekio Sanders Vidalia, Georgia 

**LaKeshia Knaron Smith Pensacola, Florida 

Laurie Marie Thomas Savannah, Georgia 

Elijah Lawrence Waife Brooklyn, New York 

JWartne Science 

Christina Monique Archer Canton, Michigan 

Victoria Denise Ballard Augusta, Georgia 

Ellie Love Covington Newnan, Georgia 

Archie Ricardo Hayes Burgaw, North Carolina 

Tiffany Elnora Lee Westfield, New Jersey 

Quansa Earl McCullough Hinesville, Georgia 

Cntotronmental Science 

Micah Quintez Fears Savannah, Georgia 

Alaina Rhae Rafter Stone Mountain, Georgia 

DeAndre Jerome Robinson Columbus, Georgia 

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Terry O'dell Gibson, Jr. Warrenton, Georgia 

Latoya McFadden Eastover, South Carolina 

**Monica Nicole Roland Atlanta, Georgia 

Rasheed Lamont Simmons Brooklyn, New York 

Reyderron Jamar Street Douglas, Georgia 

Terrence Sherrod Tate Decatur, Georgia 



***Summa Cum Laude ** Magna Cum Laude *Cum Laude ! In Absentia 



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Henry Joemodie Hughie Georgetown, South Carolina 

Keith Victor Lord Savannah, Georgia 

Tony Carey Thompson II Savannah, Georgia 

Solomon S. Wilson, Jr. Lithonia, Georgia 

Alton Tyrone Wright Savannah, Georgia 



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Rhonda Pray Allenhurst, Georgia 

*Sophia L. Williams Freeport, Bahamas 

Citoil engineering Cedfjnologp 

Eisenhower Raines II . . . . .Savannah, Georgia 

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*Nasser Ali Jaber Almerri Rikka, Kuwait 

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**Jerimiah James Fulton Redding, California 



NOTE: Appearance of name on any list in this program must not be considered as 
conclusive evidence of graduation. Persons who have met all requirements for a par- 
ticular degree and whose names appear on the lists in this program will receive the 
degree indicated. 



***Summa Cum Laude ** Magna Cum Laude *Cum Laude !In Absentia 



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Jerimiah James Fulton 
Kenny Ross Knowles 
Milton R. Morgan 



Monica Roland 
LaKeshia Knaron Smith 
Daphanie A. Williams 



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Nasser Ali Jaber Almerri 
Ramon M. Barboa 
Tamika Lashawn Bond 
Laura Joyce Flaherty 
Tywan Gonzalez 
OmShanti O. Green 
Cicely Nicole Harper 
Shameka S. Humphrey 



Kevin Patrick Lucas 
Jason Ray Malick 
Kelicea Monique Meadows 
Shakethia Latishia Morgan 
Jael A. Odhiambo 
Kalpesh J. Patel 
Maribel Rios 
Michael Lerone Tucker 
Sophia L. Williams 



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Observing the centuries-old convocation procedures, each Marshal in the Savannah State 
University Academic Procession carries an official mace which is indicative of the power, dignity, 
and magisterium vested in the University. The mace is a club-shaped staff that originated in the 
Middle Ages as a weapon. Eventually, it gained a ceremonial character and is presently employed 
most often by legislative forums and academic enterprises. 

The official mace and stand of Savannah State University were designed and made from 
mahogany wood by Dr. Ernest S. Brown, Associate Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering 
Technology. 

The University motto is "Lux Et Veritas" (Light and Truth). 

glcabemic Costumed 

Modern academic dress, has evolved from a type of apparel prescribed by English Medieval 
Universities to distinguish their schools from the lay person in dress at a time when everybody wore 
robes or gowns. When American colleges and universities desired to adopt some suitable system of 
academic apparel a half century ago, it seemed best to agree on some definite system which all might 
follow. Accordingly, this attire has consisted of the cap, the gown, and the hood, the latter two now 
differing according to the degree the wearer has received. 

The modern cap, in academic dress, has the same design for all degrees: black and square- 
shaped with a tassel hanging from the center. However, the color of the tassel usually differentiates 
the field of study for which the degree was granted, the gold tassel being worn by doctors or by pres- 
idents of colleges and universities; but it may be added that the black tassel is correct for all degrees. 
The gown, unlike the cap, differs appreciably in design according to the degree conferred on the 
wearer. The gown for the bachelor's degree has pointed sleeves. It is designed to be worn closed. 
The gown for the master's degrees, worn open or closed, has an oblong sleeve, open at the wrist, like 
the others. The sleeve base hangs down in the traditional manner. The rear part of its oblong shape 
is square cut, and the front part has an arc cut away. The doctor's gown, worn open or closed, has 
long sleeves faced with velvet; three bars of velvet are midway the sleeves. The trimmings of the 
doctor's gown may be black or the color associated with the field of study. 

The hood, while not an article of dress, is however, the most distinctive feature of the academ- 
ic attire. It is a black, crow-shaped badge or adornment with an oval opening and worn down the 
back. It enables one to quickly determine not only the degree held by the wearer but also the college 
or university from which he is graduated. The colors lining the hood and the size and the shape of 
the hood make this distinction. The bachelor's and master's hoods are three feet and three and a half 
feet in length, respectively; the doctor's hood is four feet in length and is made with a wide panel. 
Hoods may be worn for only those degrees actually held by the wearers. 

Members of the governing body of a college or university, and they only, whatever their degrees 
may be, are entitled to wear doctor's gowns (with black velvet), but their hoods may be only those of 
degrees actually held by the wearers or those especially prescribed for them by the institution. 
In some colleges and universities, it is customary for the president, chancellor, or chief officer to wear 
a costume similar to that worn by the head of a foreign university. 

The chief marshal may wear a specially designed costume approved by the institution. 
For all academic purposes, including trimmings of doctor's gowns, edging of hoods, and tassels of 
caps, the color associated with different subjects as prescribed by the revised American 
Intercollegiate Code is as follows: 

Arts, Letters, Humanities White Oratory (Speech) Silver Gray 

Business Drab Philosophy Dark Blue 

Economics Copper Physical Education Sage Green 

Education Light Blue Public Administration Peacock Blue 

Law Purple Science Golden Yellow 

Library Science Lemon Social Work Citron 

Music Pink Theology Scarlet 

At Savannah State University, the lining of the hood has an orange chevron on a blue back- 
ground to represent school colors. A faculty member wears the color of his alma mater. 



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